Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards

Each year, Santa Barbara Beautiful recognizes important beautification projects throughout the city through our Annual Awards celebration. From small single-family residence do-it-yourself projects to estate gardens, civic buildings, theatres, placing art in public places, and everything in between, these awards single out exemplary properties – and the individuals involved – that expand the beauty of Santa Barbara.

Last year, with the years long drought lessening and rebuilding beginning after the Thomas Fire and Montecito Debris Flow, the Board again decided to recognize that part of creating beauty is to be good stewards of the environment. This has been an element of the judges’ work while evaluating nominations in the past, and will continue to be highlighted. We want Santa Barbara to be an even more resilient community.

Award Nominations

Please Note: Award Nominations are now closed for 2019.

Do you have a favorite local Home or Garden? How about a favorite Building or Park? Or maybe a piece of Public Art?

Santa Barbara Beautiful depends on YOU, our community, for nominations for special places to consider for our acclaimed Annual Awards!

Past property winners have become jewels of their neighborhoods and have been an encouragement to others to make a statement in their own yards.

2020 Annual Awards Celebration

Sunday, September 20th  •  Music Academy of the West

Thank You for Celebrating With Us

Each September, we welcome the entire community to attend our highly anticipated Annual Awards Celebration. Your support as guest, sponsor or event program advertiser helps make our vital community education and programs possible. Memberships are available year-round.

The recognition is phenomenal! It’s an amazing surprise. And that people are visiting it, and enjoying it and recognizing it is beyond anything that we ever expected.
Kirsten & Darrell Becker, Becker Studios, Commercial Property Award Recipient

Our Awards


TBD: Nominations Open.

TBD: Nominations Deadline. Nominations are now closed.

June – August 2020 : Sponsors Sign-Up

Aug. – Sept. 2020: Sponsorships Available for Purchase

Aug. – Sept. 2020: Event Admissions Available for Purchase Online

Sept. 20, 2020: Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards Celebration


Properties are nominated by the public and judged by a team of independent local judges. The awards presentations take place at the annual, publicly-attended celebration.

Property Awards may be nominated in one or more of six residential, commercial architecture, landscape or public space categories.

The 2019 categories are: Santa Barbara Commons / Public Open Space; Green Single Family Large Lot; Green Single Family Small Lot; Art in Public Places; Green Commercial Building; and Green Multi-Family Residence.


Santa Barbara Beautiful also recognizes individuals who have made unique contributions to the ongoing health and beauty of the community. Special Awards are selected by our community partner organizations and Santa Barbara Beautiful awards committees. Any of the following awards can be presented.


Annual Award Programs

Growing Resiliency

Program – 2018 Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards
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Rain & Renewal

Program – 2017 Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards
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Waves of Beauty

Program – 2016 Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards
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Celebrating 50 Years of Beautification!

Program – 2015 Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards
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Timeless Santa Barbara

Program – 2014 Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards
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Under Santa Barbara Skies

Program – 2013 Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards
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Rhapsody in Blooom

Program – 2012 Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards
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2019 Awards Program – Pathways to Community

Cover Art by Ruth Ellen Hoag

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